Chris Ruhe branch cupboard


We do all sorts of things in life that we could, for the most part, never have imagined we would be doing. Starting out with or without a plan and ending up somewhere else entirely does not necessarily have to be a bad thing. Direction is good, as long as it is helping you to do fulfilling things.


Life is often full of compromises, sometimes because you want to keep other people happy, or you have too little time available, or your budget or your own rules do not allow you to get what you really needed or wanted. You stray away from happiness.

In times like these, when the rules of engagement change, and we have to find new ways to make ourselves useful, it can be good to take a look around you. Are you in a place that makes you happy?


In a literal sense. Are you sitting at home surrounded by an accumulated mismatch of compromises? Or, when you look around, are you inspired as well as comforted? Have you consciously created your world, or have you allowed things to dictate how you live?

There is no shame in the comfort of things that remind you of people who have been important in your life. Not everything needs to be new, far from it. But sometimes it is good to step back from everything. Get some distance. To go outside and peer through the window as though you were looking at someone else’s life. Do you like what you see?

Easy does it

Massive upheaval is never a good idea. It is born of impatience and rarely actually succeeds in changing things for the better. Gradual positive changes build and anchor good intentions. And so it is with your interior. Taking away things that have outlived their usefulness or should never have been there in the first place and replacing them with altogether nicer things, one step at a time.

Where better place to start than to look for a maker and creator of beautiful things and to ask them to make you a little bit of happiness. They will be happy to oblige.

Cabinets of Curiosity

We are curious makers of things, things we dream up ourselves. Remarkable, useful, beautiful and original things. Sometimes they are made entirely by hand, sometimes partly by machine, in the future perhaps by robots. May be not robots. Always with an eye for detail and with an element of fun.

If you care to follow this blog and join our journey, we’ll share our successes and (occasional) failures with you and hopefully you’ll become a frequent visitor. Suppose that depends on us keeping you entertained. So let’s get on with the words and pictures.

Work in progress


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